Youth nominations

AKRON: The city is seeking nominations for its 22nd Global Youth Service Day.

Deadline for nominations is Feb. 24.

Organizations are asked to nominate a youth volunteer between 12 to 18 years of age who has volunteered at least 20 hours in 2011 to their organization or program.

The three youth volunteer age categories are 12-13, 14-15, 16 and over.

All nominated youth volunteers will be honored at a reception and awards ceremony April 24 at the main Akron- Summit County Public Library.

In each category a Volunteer of the Year and Outstanding Volunteer will be selected.

Organizations whose nominees are selected for these two top honors will receive cash prizes to help further their volunteer programs.

For volunteer nomination forms, visit www.ci.akron.oh.us.

For information, contact Billy Soule at 330-375-2660 or email info.volunteer@?akronohio.gov.



Trustees will meet

COVENTRY TWP.: Trustees will hold a special meeting at 2 p.m. Monday to discuss filling a vacancy on the board.

Deadline for applications to fill the unexpired term of trustee Brenda Patterson, who died Jan. 13 after a lengthy illness, is 4 p.m. today. Patterson’s term of office expires Dec. 31, 2013.

Trustees are expected to go into executive session to discuss Patterson’s replacement.



Dry cleaner robbed

JACKSON TWP.: Two masked robbers held two clerks at Dutch Girl Cleaners at gunpoint just before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, then made off with cash from the store’s safe and cash drawer.

Jackson police Chief David Zink said Thursday the two males were masked as they entered the Whipple Avenue Northwest business. One was armed with a 9?mm handgun.

Detective Lt. Rick Mitchell said the robber with the gun was wearing a ski mask. The other robber had a different style of full-face mask.

After demanding and getting an undisclosed amount of cash, the robbers ordered the clerks to get down on the floor so they couldn’t see what the thieves were doing as they ran away.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call police at 330-830-6264.



Ice fest in February

KENT: The Kent State University Alumni Association will host its Flash Ice Fest on Feb. 11 at the Ice Arena.

This event, open to KSU alumni and the general public, will feature ice skating and food.

Doors open at 6 p.m., with pizza and pop served. The rink will be open to skaters from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m.

Entry fees of $7 for adult members of the Alumni Association, $9 for adult nonmembers, $5 for children (age 12 and under) of Alumni Association members, and $7 for children of nonmembers will cover pizza, pop, skate rental and ice skating.

Register online at www.?ksualumni.org by Feb. 3.

For information, visit the website or call 888-320-5368.



Ex-coach charged

MEDINA: A Medina County grand jury has indicted a former youth football coach on charges related to the alleged theft of between $7,500 and $150,000 from the program.

Michael T. Butts, 47, of Guilford Boulevard, is charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, grand theft and forgery, all felonies.

In a news release, Medina police said a concerned parent alerted them to the possibility that money was missing.

The prosecution is being led by Erie County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter, a special prosecutor appointed by Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher Collier.



Relief fund set up

NORTH CANTON: Residents will see a new form in their tax envelopes this year for the North Canton Community Disaster Relief Fund.

The program, developed by Councilman Mark Cerreta, has been set up to assist residents for expenses not normally covered by insurance following a natural or man-made disaster, such as tornados, floods, fire, drought, sinkholes or earthquakes. Funds may also be used on negligent, intentional or criminal acts that cause catastrophic losses to residents.

Donations will be collected on a voluntary basis and can be made by checking off a box on an a separate city tax form for people who would like to donate $5 or more for the fund. Additional forms can be picked up at the North Canton Public Library, Chamber of Commerce or City Hall.

Donations from private and corporate donors will also be accepted and will be tax deductible for the year. Collected funds will be invested until the time they are needed for disaster relief.

For information, contact North Canton City Hall at 330-499-3986 or go to www.?northcantonohio.com.



YWCA nominations

AKRON: The YWCA of Canton is hosting the Stark County Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on May 3.

The 2012 induction banquet will be held at the Canton Club at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar followed by dinner and the ceremony.

The event honors those who have empowered women, recognize their accomplishments and acclaim that may go unnoticed, generate community awareness of the YWCA and promote and enhance the YWCA of Canton as a women’s center.

Nominations are now being accepted for this year’s event. A Teen Award is given to a young woman of well-rounded achievement.

Nomination forms may be picked up at the YWCA, 231 Sixth St. NE, or downloaded at www.ywcacanton.org. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 3.

Tickets are $35. Deadline for tickets and reservations is April 27. Call the YWCA at 330-453-7644 for information.



Bridge competition

AKRON: Summit County Engineer Al Brubaker will host the 12th annual Miniature Bridge Building Competition Feb. 3 in the Student Union at the University of Akron.

Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. and the awards presentation takes place at 2:15 p.m.

The competition is designed to encourage high school students to use scientific and mathematical principles they have learned in the classroom. Thirty-one teams from several local high schools are invited.

The event, which also offers scholarships for students who choose a career in civil engineering, is sponsored by Brubaker and several engineering firms: Arcadis, Burgess & Niple, CT Consultants, E.L. Robinson, Euthenics, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Hammontree & Associates, Jones-Stuckey Ltd., KCI Associates of Ohio, M-E Cos., ms consultants, Osborn Engineering, Richland Engineering and URS Inc.


New board member

AKRON: Twinsburg resident Stephanie Turner has been appointed to the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Directors.

Her appointment runs from Jan. 1 through June 30, 2015. Turner is vice president community development banking officer for KeyBank National Association. She has also served as an adjunct professor in political science at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland.

She received her law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University, and has a bachelor’s degree in speech and theater education from Kent State University.

She previously served as a vice mayor and member of the Shaker Heights City Council.


District 4 meeting

AKRON: Summit County District 4 Councilman Frank Comunale will host a meeting to establish a Block Watch in the Highland Square neighborhood from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Highland Square Branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library, 807 W. Market St.

Akron Community Oriented Police Services officers Mike Gould and Rodney Brock will talk about forming a Block Watch and other crime prevention strategies.

Comunale, who represents part of Akron and Cuyahoga Falls, will be available to answer questions and hear concerns from residents.

For details, call 330-643-2725.